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Thank you for considering a gift to Animal Welfare Society, Inc. (AWS). Financial support from generous donors like you is critical to continue our programs of rescue, care, and placement of the roughly 500 pets saved each year.

Your gift today will provide urgent care to homeless and abandoned pets right now, when they need it most. With your support, Animal Welfare Society, Inc., can rescue animals and help them recover and thrive, while they patiently await adoption into their loving and permanent homes. One-time gifts are appreciated and welcome, and recurring gifts make what we do possible by sustaining our organization and our efforts.


We offer two categories of gifts to help you achieve your charitable goals:

General operating or unrestricted gifts

Unrestricted gifts allow AWS the flexibility to use your gift wherever the need is greatest and is the most valuable way to support AWS at this time.

Restricted gifts

You can designate that your gift to AWS go toward one of three restricted funds: AWS Sponsor a Pet Program, Medical Emergency Fund, Seniors for Seniors Fund.




Love Animals but Can’t Adopt?

Do the Next Best Thing – Sponsor a Pet!

While every animal at the shelter is available for adoption to the right home, a few are harder to place and some may never find homes. The AWS Sponsor a Pet Program is designed to help us give extra care to these "special-needs animals,” as well as to help support the rest of our animals until they find the right homes. A minimum gift of $250 or a recurring gift of $20 or more is required. A recurring gift is a great way to show year-round care and concern for these pets. Your monthly support will help provide ongoing care for as long as your chosen pet needs it. When you become a monthly contributor, your name will appear on that pet’s page for as long as he or she is available for adoption. You will also receive a letter of appreciation and a quarterly update of all the special needs pets. If your chosen pet is adopted, you will have an opportunity to choose another pet. SPONSOR A PET



Some of the animals we rescue have been hurt or injured; strays and abandoned animals are often hit by vehicles on the road or experience another type of trauma. Donations to this fund will be restricted to animal medical emergencies. When you become a monthly sponsor of the Medical Emergency Fund you will receive a quarterly update of all the medical emergency pets. EMERGENCY MEDICAL FUND



Our Seniors for Seniors program enables senior citizens with limited resources experience the joy of pet companionship. Research shows that caring for an animal such as a dog or cat can boost a senior individual’s self-confidence and improve their health and overall quality of life. AWS will waive 100% of the fee so that a senior citizen (age 60 and older) can adopt a senior cat or dog (age 8 years or older). SENIORS FOR SENIORS






Donating your older, unused vehicle is a great way to support the work of Animal Welfare Society, Inc. To learn more, simply click the link provided here, and you will be taken to vehicle donation center. In addition to cars, accepts the donation of boats, RVs, trucks, motorcycles, jet skis, and snowmobiles. DONATE A VEHICLE



We invite you to consider a legacy gift either through a bequest, will, or estate. Gifts of this type ensure your love of animals will continue for years to come. Through your legacy gift, you will provide the stability our pets need today and the ability to plan for their needs in the future. In addition, we accept gifts of securities, life insurance policies, retirement plan assets, and charitable trusts. LEGACY BEQUESTS



In addition to these giving opportunities, Animal Welfare Society, Inc. participates in the Connecticut Community Foundation’s Give Local, a 36-hour online give-a-thon that brings the Waterbury and Litchfield Hills region together to raise money and awareness for the vital work of hundreds of local charities. Please look for our invitation to join this effort in April of the coming year.



Donating food or supplies is a great way to help the more than 500 pets that receive care and shelter from us in the course of a year. These are items we use frequently and are often in need of replenishing. You can help our pets by donating items currently on our Shelter General Needs List. Each and every item donated from our general needs list makes a tremendous difference in the lives of pets that we aid. If you would like to help by donating an item that is currently on our Shelter General Needs List, please see the list below, or can go to our Amazon Wishlist. Be sure to check the list before making a purchase, as our needs tend to vary from month to month.


AWS Amazon Wishlist

For quick and easy online shopping, AWS also maintains an AWS “Wishlist” on Simply keep a record of your purchase for the shelter for applicable tax deductions for your donation. Amazon Prime Members please remember shipping to AWS is always free. AWS AMAZON WISH LIST







Kuranda® Dog Beds

Quality Dog Food

– Dry/Canned

Dog Biscuits and Treats

Large Raw Hides/Bones

Medium Raw Hides/Bones

Giggling Peek-A-Treat Balls

Treat Balls

Cow Hooves

Bully Sticks

Soft Treats



Hand Soap

Trash Bags 4-gallon

Kitchen Trash Bags 13-gallon

“Simple Green”



Laundry Detergent

Dish/Dishwasher Soap

Paper Towels

Scrubby Sponges

Disposable Gloves

Heavy Duty 40-Gallon Black Trash Bags

Old/Gently-Used Towels


Kuranda® Cat Towers

Cat Beds

Small Blankets for Cats

Cat Litter (Non-clumping ONLY)

Cat/Kitten Dry Food

Iams/Cat Chow

– Dry/Canned (no fish)

Cat Chow Dry Cat Food

– Canned Cat Food (no fish)

Cat Toys

AWS Website Donation Page



K-9 Advantix for Dogs

Frontline for Cats

Heart Worm Preventative

Cotton Balls

Wisdom Panel Canine DNA Test

Baby Scale



Postage Stamps



Gift Certificates to Pet Supply Stores

Gas Station Gift Cards

Kuranda Bed


To send a Kuranda Dog or Cat Bed directly to the shelter at a discount price with free shipping to the lower 48 states, click here: KURANA SHELTER BEDS.



The best exercise and stress relief tool for shelter cats. Our cats love 'em. They offer free shipping with quantity orders: STRETCH & SCRATCH


Do you shop on Amazon?

Did you know that by shopping on Amazon you can support AWS, too?

Through the AmazonSmile program, will now give 0.5% of qualified purchases to AWS. All you have to do is use the AmazonSmile website and choose Animal Welfare Society, New Milford CT as your preferred charity. You will find all the same great products and prices as with the added benefit of supporting AWS.


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Animal Welfare Society

8 Dodd Road

New Milford, CT 06776

Tel. 860.354.1350

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Animal Welfare Society is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization.